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The region of Sumatra and the lower Malay Peninsula commonly used various tin ingots, perhaps most famously in the shape of a pyramid, including these tin clasp rods. The various tin ingots were common when Europeans arrived on the scene and most were generally attributed to the Colonial Period when other tin coinages issued by local sultanates and kingdoms were known. It wasn't until the early 2000's when a few dozen of these tin clasp rods were found in a shipwreck that has been accurately dated to the tenth century off the coast of Sumatra, proving that the tin ingots (more specifically, the tin clasp rods) were used as early as the tenth century, during the rule of the great Srivijaya Empire of Sumatra.
Period of the Srivijaya of Sumatra
c. 900 AD
Tin clasp ingot | 17.84 grams | 54mm long, 9mm wide, and 12mm tall
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Ancient Chinese? Very cool piece! How old is it?
Thanks Yes, it is Ancient Chinese. Details below.
Emperor Wang Mang (AD 7 - 23)
Huo bu spade.
Dim.: 57 mm x 22.5 mm
Wt.: 16.09 g
Obv.: HUO BU (“Money spade”).
Rev.: Blank, as made.
Ref.: Hartill 9.30
Ex Sallent collection
India, Post-Kushan, c.257-265 A.D, Maghas of Kausambi, Bhimavarman, AE Unit, Z-275070;
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Vima Kadphises, 95-127 AD.
AE Tetradrachm, 28mm, 16.5g, 2h.
Obv. BACIΛEΥC BACIΛEωN OOHMO MEΓAC OOHM KAΔΦICHC; Kadphises, standing facing, head left, sacrificing over altar to left and holding hand on hilt; to left, filleted trident behind, tamgha and club to right.
Rev: Shiva with three heads standing facing, holding trident in raised right hand and resting lowered left hand on bull Nandi standing to right, behind; tamgha above to left.with kharoshthi legend maharaja rajadhiraja sarvaloga isvarasa mahesvarasa.
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AE 40 Nummi | 6.08g | 27mm
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Caracalla, AR Denarius, circa 213-217 A.D., Rome, (22mm.,3.02g.) Laureate head of Caracalla to right/ Rev. VENVS VICTRIX, Venus standing left, holding Victory and spear and leaning on shield set on helmet. RIC 311b.
Lucilla Venus Sestertius:
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Caracalla AR Antoninianus, 215-217 AD, Rome Mint. Obv. Radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, seen half from behind, ANTONINUS PIUS AVG GERM / Rev. Venus standing left, holding scepter in left arm and Victory on right hand, resting left elbow on round shield set on helmet, VENUS -VIC-TRIX. RSC III 608(c), RIC IV-3 311(d), BMCRE 80-81, Sear RCV II 6784. 22x24 mm., 4.94 g. Ex: Stephen M. Huston Sale 153, Lot 126 (ca. 1997).
And here's a Venus on a denarius of Caracalla's wife:
Plautilla (wife of Caracalla; issued under Septimius Severus & Caracalla), AR Denarius, AD 202-205 [Sear: AD 204], Rome Mint. Obv. Draped bust right, hair in nearly vertical waves* and drawn into coiled plait at neck, PLAVTILLA AVGVSTA / Rev. Venus Victrix standing half-left, holding apple in outstretched right hand and palm frond in left hand, resting left arm on large oval shield set on ground; to left, Cupid standing left, holding helmet in outstretched left hand, VENVS VICTRIX. RIC IV (Caracalla) 369, RSC III (Plautilla) 25, Sear RCV II 7074 (ill. p. 549), BMCRE V (Septimius Severus & Caracalla) 429 (p. 238). 19 mm., 3.65 g., 5 h. Purchased from Classical Numismatic Group, LLC (CNG) E-Auction 515, May 4, 2022, Lot 589.
*Another variety of the same type shows Plautilla's hair in horizontal waves.
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Is there any way to jump to the last post when checking a thread? I keep almost posting the wrong coin, as I keep landing a page or two behind.
your best bet is to refresh the page - how you do this will vary with your browser - Step 1: in Firefox it is right click on the page and select the refresh icon (a circle with arrow)
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Hope that helps
12 hours have passed since my own post! So I'll try an easier request: more Venus!
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I'm drawn to the CONSTANTINOPOLI(S) and VRBS ROMA commemoratives! Here's a pair from Siscia.
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Next: Back to Shakespeare. A coin of either of these characters, plus the name of the play.
Antony and Cleopatra with Christopher Plummer and Zoe Caldwell, 1967(?). Here is my coin of Cleopatra...unfortunately not a portrait coin.
Ptolemaic Kings of Egypt, Cleopatra VII and Ptolemy XII Neos Dionysos Auletes ("Flute Player"), 80-51 BC, AR Tetradrachm, dated regnal year 30 (52/1 BC)
Obv: Diademed head right, wearing aegis
Rev: Eagle standing left on thunderbolt, palm over shoulder; LΛ above crown of Isis before; ΠA behind
Rev: Svoronos 1840; Plate LXI.25
Notes on this coin are here: Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt
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